Mombasa tycoon murdered in revenge mission
14 July 2014, 14:34
Nairobi - Mombasa tycoon Mohamed Shahid Butt's murder was retaliation for the murder of Sheikh Idriss a month earlier, reports have claimed.
Butt was murdered in cold blood Friday night after he left the Moi Mombasa International Airport where he had gone to pick up his son.
Questions over his death have sparked since he was killed just a few metres from the Changamwe Police Station and the fact that the police did not bother to go secure the scene.
Butt's family was left to pick up the body on its own.
The murder in the coastal city of Mombasa comes amid a string of killings nearby of people associated with Islamic extremism. Human rights activists are accusing the government of being behind the assassinations, since few have been resolved.
But according to reports, it is understood that Butt's killing might have been sparked by the murder of Sheikh Idriss of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims last month, a man considered to be against the spread of radical activities in Mombasa.
On his part, Butt was in court in last year over allegations of incitement and funding terror related activities.
During his funeral Sunday, there were several rumours that the killing might have been sprung by the government with persons close to Butt insisting that the persons who committed the murder were undercover policemen.
" They were sent by the government, a source that did not want to be named but was very close to the late Butt told News24.
" It has been the pattern. They will kill all they see or think have any relations to terrorism even if it is just public propaganda, the source added.
On further inquiry, several other sources were equivocal that Butt's murder was sinister.
" Seriously, the fact that it was close to a police station and they did not even show up to clear the scene is a sign of something sinister, another source said.
" It was a message that the government will go to whatever length to deal with any person they consider a threat.
The government has previously denied any involvement in the murders of persons deemed to have links to radical activities in Kenya, with the deaths of Aboud Rogo ans Sheikh Makaburi wielding no comment from government officials.
On the other hand, the death of Sheikh Idriss drew widespread anger and admonishment from government as well as Western nations.
Mombasa County police chief Richard Kitur said that investigations are ongoing over the murder but the mood at Butt's funeral seems to suggest that there is a huge undercurrent over the matter.
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